(This is part three of a three part series on taking a 5-day roadtrip through major sites in Northern California including Napa, Yosemite, and San Francisco)
From Mariposa, California to San Francisco is approximately a 4 hour drive. Therefore, I hit the road for the last leg of the road trip at approximately 8am. Which got me to the airport at 1pm to drop off the rental car. In San Francisco, due to the high costs of overnight parking ($20 per night is the cheapest) its best to return the rental car to the airport and rely on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to get around.
I stayed at Hotel Triton, which is Kimpton property immediately outside of the Chinatown Arch in downtown San Francisco.
I took in a quick lunch at a sushi spot close by (there are plenty to choose from), and then headed in for nap. I was beat!
Day #1: After a quick nap, I headed downstairs to the hotel’s manager reception for some wine I mean San Fran isn’t too far from Napa after all. Today, I kept it short and sweet. A walk through Chinatown was all I had in me. But I did come across a neat little find. Off the beaten path off into a little alley was a …..
Fortune Cookie Factory! For $2.50 you can get a bag with regular fortunes or $3.50 for some 21 and up fortunes…hehe. At this point I was pretty hungry so I headed back to the main street. But I made a huge mistake in where I chose to eat. One word of advice, if you see a tour bus pull up, immediately head in the opposite direction. Before selecting where to eat peep in the window and find places where locals are eating. Or ask your hotel for advice.
Day 2: Was much more action packed. I caught a cab to the Golden Gate Bridge. Maybe helpful to take the address to the Golden Gate Bridge visitor center with you. The first cab dropped me off about 1.5 miles from the bridge in a residential neighborhood. Thank God for Uber! San Francisco is where I learned not all cabis are created equal.
I walked the span of the bridge, however along the way I was constantly reminded of the bridge’s dark history as one of the most popular places for individuals to commit suicide in the United States. There were crisis counseling signs and call boxes about every 100 feet.
I had a reservation for a night tour of Alcatraz, so I headed to the wharf for some fresh seafood. As a lover of all things crustacean, I was in heaven!
With a full stomach I headed over to the pier designated for sailings to Alcatraz (you will need to book a tour atleast 2 days in advance).
Alcatraz has phenomenal views of the San Francisco skyline. It was a great way to end my Cali Road Trip!